Angelique Kerber Is Learning How to Win Again

Birthday girl Kerber sets up Sharapova clash misery for Muguruza

And Barty was not the only crowd fancy to get her marching orders, with five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova roundly beaten by a surgically precise Angelique Kerber.

Her second-round win was a hugely satisfying one, with the Russian overcoming 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova, who had beaten her at the US Open 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

Maria Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open victor, hurried through the first set on Rod Laver Arena in 23 minutes before beating No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4).

But Sharapova was able to take positives from the year's first grand slam, having avoided a recurrence of the fitness concerns that dogged her return from suspension last year.

Six minutes later and a third break, this time to love, brought the first set to the German who celebrated her 30th birthday earlier this week by taking it with just two unforced errors.

The 21st seed obliterated Sharapova in the first set, and while the Russian looked like offering some resistance in the second, she faded right at the end.

She played very good the last two here.

Women's No. 1 Simona Halep took a longer route - equaling a mark in Melbourne for endurance but signalling, perhaps, that she's closer to a Grand Slam breakthrough. I felt the pain all match, but I didn't give up.

Their encounter equalled the Open's record for most games played in a women's match - and also saw some impromptu courtside surgery when the American lost a toenail.

"But I was really trying to not think about everything around and everything about the match, about against who I was playing". My ankle is, I don't know how it is because I don't feel it anymore, but it was nice to be on court.




"Angie is already one step ahead of everybody else because nobody else knows what it's like to win a Grand Slam", said the Australian Rennae Stubbs, a television analyst and former player.

Halep will next play Naomi Osaka, who beat 18th-seeded Ash Barty 6-4, 6-2.

Madison Keys of the United States defeated Ana Bogdan of Romania 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Federer will face unseeded Hungarian Marton Fuscovics in the round after dispatching 29th seed Gasquet 6-2 7-5 6-4 on Saturday evening in just under two hours.

Kyrgios is now the only Australian with a chance to take an Open singles title.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem has advanced to the fourth round at Melbourne Park, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Margaret Court Arena.

Another loss at a major had the highly-touted Zverev admitting he may have a problem. As I said, this is a process.

Fognini will next play the victor of a later match Saturday between Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro.

Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski moved on in mixed doubles.

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